The definition of the word
2013 is a time of wonder, discovery, and empowerment for humanity. Never has there been more of a war on our freedom of thought and never has there been a greater deception taking place in regards to the truth. With so much change taking place, people are gravitating to the divine to answer the many questions which are arising. Who are we? Why are we here? Is there more to the physicality? There are so many belief systems in our society which differ in their understanding of the universe, but what they all share in common is the notion that we have something driving our physical experience here on Earth, and that is a soul. The concept of reincarnation proposes that we are more than our physical bodies and that our higher vibrational self, or our soul, lives on after what we call “death”, and replants itself into a new body to live out the physical experience once again.
Reincarnation was and still is a major belief of the Middle Eastern theologies such as Hinduism and Sikhism. Other sublets of major religions such as Kabbalism, Scientology, Theosophy and Native American spirituality, also accept certain aspects of reincarnation into their belief systems. The central idea held in common by these belief systems proposes that our soul or consciousness is an eternal energy which uses the physical planes of existence to learn about itself so that it can continue to expand its awareness and evolve with the ever changing energies of the universe. This is but a general explanation of the concept; within each separate religion and belief system is a varying understanding of the death and rebirth cycle. With so many different doctrines accepting pieces of the reincarnation theory, one has to assume that there must be some truth to the idea. On the contrary, two of the world’s major religions, Christianity and Catholicism, both deny the notion that the soul cyclically replants itself into the physical plane, leaving one to speculate about the reason why. It is common knowledge that the Catholic Church is a major control structure which is so corrupt that it would take an entire set of articles to explain the history of its deceit, so we can openly suggest that perhaps their intention for promoting a one-and-only-life theology is taught to create fear and to control the masses on the basis that they will suffer if they do not obey.
The scientific community has also realized the undeniable and the otherwise unexplainable evidence surrounding reincarnation, with researchers like the late Ian Stevenson and Dolores Cannon leading the way in a branch of psychology called parapsychology. Stevenson was head of psychiatry at the Virginia School of Medicine for 50 years and conducted over 40 years of research studies into reincarnation, particularly working with children who claimed to have memories, emotions, and even physical markings from previous lives. Stevenson believed that at an early enough age a child’s mind was still fresh and unadulterated by the thoughts and emotions of their current life, and some of these children would tell stories about being older family members who had passed away, or even about living in another country previously. Stevenson spent much of his career traveling and trying to find the people and places that these children would talk about, and in many cases would discover that the people the children were talking about had indeed lived before exactly where these children had discussed. Even more peculiar was the fact that these young children would know unsettling details about the deceased peoples’ families and friends which were otherwise unexplainable for these children to know about. Unfortunately the bulk of the science community denied these first-hand accounts as mere coincidence and coined Stevenson as a “gullible” scientist.
Dolores Cannon is a regressive hypnotherapist, author, speaker, and parapsychologist who has written 17 books on the topic of past-life regression. Her books outline her client sessions as a hypnotherapist and contain the original transcripts from these conversations. The most interesting part to Cannon’s work is the fact that besides her clients recalling early childhood memories and past-lives on Earth, many of her clients regress to memories of non-human lives spanning other dimensions, galaxies, and universes, which supports the idea that life exists beyond Earth and that our souls are not specific to experiencing and replanting solely on this plane of existence. In her 2011 book
I see a big difference between having a word to label something, and truly understanding it. I can call this object in front of me a table, but I leave much to be understood. One place that this schism is especially apparent to me is in describing scientific phenomena. Consider
Depression, anxiety, and addiction are among the most common illnesses that plague the western world today. It seems that every second person is either taking some form of anti-depressant or self-medicating themselves with alcohol or recreational drugs. This occurrence can be viewed in all age groups; the idea of escaping problems using the common vices previously mentioned. It seems as though our overall health and well-being are no longer in the interests of the health care system, when a person of any age can walk into a doctor’s office and attain a prescription to antidepressants. It’s time to take a step back to look inside ourselves to find out where these issues are coming from. Are any of these substances or so called medications serving us, or allowing us to find peace within ourselves? For centuries ancient cultures from around the world have taken the naturopathic approach to healing their ailments, and it’s this concept of utilizing nature that western society has moved away from that might be one of our biggest downfalls. Deep within the Amazonian jungles, a traditional plant based medicine called ayahuasca has been used throughout their culture’s history to cure any known illnesses. In recent years, this form of medicine has found its way to North American culture, and is gaining widespread attention from many medical professionals.
So what is ayahuasca? Traditionally, it is a tea or brew made from the combination of the vines and leaves of certain plants from the Amazonian jungle. This tea is brewed by what is described as a “shaman”. Shamans are considered the medicinal doctors of the native cultures in South America. These people are said to have the ability to communicate with the spirit world, and during an ayahuasca ceremony the shaman uses these abilities to help the participants through their journey with the plant medicine. It is unknown how long these ancient cultures have been using this alternative form of medicine. The first recorded usage of ayahuasca in western society was made in 1851 by a famous European scientist named Richard Spruce. Archaeological evidence suggests that native plant use dates back thousands of years.
Ayahuasca is considered a sacred practice by the natives of South America, and the tea is usually ingested in a group setting using a ceremonial approach. The ceremony is led by the Shaman, and the participants usually include people from all walks of life. Academic researchers have taken interest in this sacred practice in recent years, exploring the idea of using ayahuasca to treat depression, anxiety, or even drug addiction. These scientists are finding their way to the amazon to take part in these ceremonies to expand their own awareness of foreign medicine in hopes to take what they have learned back to America. National Geographic has written articles on the plant based medicine; even David Suzuki has explored the idea in his CBC program “The Nature of Things”. It is clear that the North American science community is beginning to realize that our current approach to therapy is no longer serving the masses.
So you may be wondering what an ayahuasca experience entails? Usually a participant agrees to take part in an ayahuasca ceremony because there are either physical or emotional issues that need to be dealt with, or sometimes the intent behind participating can simply be to attain knowledge of self. These mental issues can vary from traumas such as abuse, depression in the teenage or adult years, drug and alcohol addictions, and so on and so forth. The participant is required to go on a strict diet, called a “dieta”, the week before their experience. This cleanse allows for the body to rid itself of dangerous toxins that may interfere with the effects of ayahuasca, and it also allows for the mind to be clear and ready for what the medicine will teach its user. Traditionally, the ceremony will take place within the amazon, although it is becoming common for trained shamans to travel to Canada or the United States, bringing the medicine to local communities for people who are not able to commute. The brew is usually taken after the Sun has set, and so the group of participants meet beforehand to introduce themselves to the rest of the party and to the shaman leading the ceremony. Once settled in, the ceremony commences as one by one each person drinks the amount of ayahuasca decided by the shaman that will be necessary for their healing journey. After the participant has drunk the ayahuasca, they return to their bed and begin their solitary meditation for the rest of the evening. Ayahuasca brings its user into an altered state of consciousness, which can seem frightening at first, however the shaman and other helpers are there to guide and aid people if they are going through a difficult experience. It’s through this altered state of consciousness that the ayahuasca users become aware of mental or emotional traumas that have been affecting them at a subconscious level, whether it is abuse, substance addiction or so on. It is said that when someone takes ayahuasca, the spirit of the plant manifests through the guide of the shaman, and it is this spirit who helps teach and heal the participants throughout the ceremony. The ayahuasca ceremony can bring up difficult experiences, and it is common that when someone is dealing with a difficult memory that in order to heal they will expel bad energies in the form of purging, crying, yawning, or even defecating. The more difficult experience a person goes through, the more they are healing and shedding themselves of the ghosts of their past. During the ceremony, the shaman may feel that someone needs personal attention, and can do one-on-one healing work with that person. In the tradition of the ayahuasca culture, the shamans will chant sacred hymns throughout the ceremony to guide the participants through their journey, which can last anywhere from 2-6 hours. After the effects of the plant medicine have worn off, the patient is usually exhausted and will need to sleep; it is in the following day and days to come that they will feel like a new person, having shed any unnecessary emotional and physical weight that they have been carrying. The participant carries with them a new level of awareness that has ultimately changed their life forever. It is said that the amount of healing one can gain through only a few nights of drinking ayahuasca is equivalent to the amount of healing one would receive from years of psychotherapy.
What has happened to North American culture that has made us think that we are separate from nature? What has caused us to think that synthetically created drugs or alcohol can solve our problems? These are important questions which must begin to be addressed during this time. Stats Canada states that 8 % of Canadian adults suffer from depression. The pharmaceutical industry brings in billions of dollars a year, and the alcohol industry is not far behind that number. Perhaps the indigenous cultures that recognize that we are a part of nature, and who understand that nature has the ability to restore our health and well-being, are more ahead of the game than we know. Western society is now beginning to explore the concept of alternative medicine and is starting to accept that the way in which we are dealing with illnesses are no longer serving the masses. With these new alternatives such as ayahuasca being utilized, perhaps we are on the brink of a new era of health empowerment and a new era of self-awareness like never seen before.
*Most of the ceremonial information from this article comes from my own experiences with ayahuasca.
It’s almost April 2013 and the planet is going through a mass transformation. There are many aspects to this transformation, and in the end one must come to realize the basic building block for global change starts with us, humanity on a collective level, together. We are being called to evolve past our current way of living, tap into our infinite potentiality, let go of our training wheels and fly. We continue to search for external factors like technology and alternative ways to function, which is great. But humanity cannot evolve past its current paradigm unless the souls on Earth themselves change first.
The very first time I experienced eye gazing I was floored by what I felt and saw. The connection you feel with another human being, the visualizations of past lives, future potentials and more, all can become very real while engaging in this exercise. Of course, there are many different intentions you can set before a session of eye gazing that can bring out an array of outcomes, but let’s jump into a rundown of how to go about an eye gazing session and from there we can explore what the benefits of such a practice might be.
“When eye contact between two people is initiated and maintained, an invisible energetic circuit is established between the two participants, dissolving the barriers that ordinarily separate them from each other, drawing them ever closer into a shared awareness of union.”
With the exception of a few, many people on the planet currently experience a 9-5 type of lifestyle. A lifestyle in which we spend the majority of our time working. Do we really have a choice? The dominant perception on the planet seems to be no, because we have bills to pay, kids to look after and food to put on the table. Most people deem the idea of